Our Team

At von Waldberg we offer you a ready made and welcoming community of fellow German Shepherd fans. While we each play our own roles, we work together as a team and you are welcome to reach out to each and every one of us if you need anything. Whether an owner, staff member or volunteer, we all care about these dogs and want to make sure you have the support friendship you want, Here you will learn just a little more about who we are and how we ended up a part of von Waldberg. 

Kate was a client of Von Waldberg for over 20 years. In February of 2017, she came back to von Waldberg after saying goodbye to a very special dog named Beau. While the visit was intended to pick up a puppy, a conversation started with our founder Phil about the prospect of stepping in as the owner when he retired. After weighing the options, the decision was made and in Summer of 2017, Kate was lucky enough to have the option to turn her passion for German Shepherds into her career. 

With a background in customer service and law, Kate is focused on making sure that we deliver not only incredible dogs and puppies, but an incredible experience as well. Trained by Phil, she also believes in building a relationship with your dog based on mutual respect and love.

With Phil as a mentor, the von Waldberg family was expanded. Kate and her family believe that German Shepherds are special, but that the von Waldberg dogs are exceptional. As more people have become part of the team here at von Waldberg, we have made it our mission to carry on and do justice to the legacy built by Phil and his family. 

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Bryan

Bryan came to von Waldberg initially as our facility manager when he and his fiancée Sarah moved in to help maintain the property and care for the dogs. Within a short time he realized that he loved the dogs and soon became the proud dad of Nokia/Faiko puppy named Leroy.

We invited Bryan to be part of our team when we realized his love for the dogs and dedication to building a community would be a great asset to us and our clients. Bryan is the first to step up when there is something that needs to be done and his commitment to ensuring every one of our puppies goes to a loving forever home makes him an ideal member of our puppy adoption team. 

In addition to helping puppies go home to their families, Bryan has designed managed the building of the renovations we have done. This includes the new kennels and shelters for the dogs, making sure everyone has heaters, our expanded, enclosed and heated boarding area and he personally built our indoor training facility. We are lucky to have him and he always puts the well being of the dogs first.

Eli

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Eli found Von Waldberg when he was looking for somewhere to train his puppy Luna. He fit in immediately and volunteered for a number of years during which he proved he was an exceptional trainer. Dog training has always been a part of his life. His grandfather raised Tibetan Mastiffs and specialized in protection training and Eli has been part of that world since he was 7. 

In 2021 we were fortunate that Eli was ready to transition into something new and we were able to hire him on as a trainer and property custodian. He cares deeply for his clients and has the ability to analyze the specific dog in front of him and customize his training to that dog. Living on site, he is also the one who gets up at 2AM to watch momma dogs until the rest of our puppy delivery team can arrive and then he stays up to help bring the babies safely into the world. 

With his pack of 4 dogs (Luna, Yasko, Rockabye and Anke), Eli is a valued member of our team and a great asset to Von Waldberg.

 

Frank

Frank has been a member of the Von Waldberg family for many years. After a career that spanned everything from law enforcement to coaching tennis, he was ready for retirement. 

Fortunately for us, Frank likes to stay busy. He started by volunteering to help with our training classes and teaching agility to those who were interested. He and his dog Teddy are agility fans and he was spending several days a week here working with clients and our dogs. 

In 2020 we were able to coax Frank out of retirement and he became an official staff member. He and Zach work as a team to run our training program and he can always be counted on to step up and lend a hand. 

 

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Chloe

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Chloe is an exceptional animal person. She found Von Waldberg after discovering a passion for German Shepherds when she rescued and rehabilitated her dog Charlie who had been taken from a dog fighting group. She saw him online and heard that he was on his last chance, and she gave him the home and love he needed to succeed. She has since brought home a puppy to give Charlie a little brother.

We liked Chloe's qualifications, but we love Chloe for who she is. She is remarkable with the dogs and won them all over within a few weeks. She manages the health and well-being of all our adults and is in charge of keeping the kennel clean and sanitized. She is also in charge of the puppies from the time they are born until the day they go home. Chloe is the person who makes sure the puppies are independent, well-socialized and she is usually the person who gives them their first nail trim. 

We are lucky Chloe found us. She is an asset to our breeding program and fit in from her first day. Her positive attitude and sense of humor keep our days fun. She is part of the Von Waldberg family, and we hope she will be for a long time.

Phil

For nearly 50 years, Phil has been the heart and soul behind the von Waldberg German Shepherd. Starting with one dog, Phil built von Waldberg into the finest German Shepherd Kennel in the Pacific Northwest featuring top German bloodlines. In 1993 he trained and campaigned the Canadian Sieger and Siegerin. In 1995 he again trained and campaigned the Canadian Sieger. 

Phil has bred and trained multiple high V placing males and females and has trained hundreds of individuals in German Shows, the sport of Schutzhund and to have their own well trained companions. He has earned multiple Von Stephanitz awards for the highest V rated Schutzhund titled German Shepherds. His training methods have been developed over 51 years and are relationship based. Phil knows the key to a well trained dog is an equally well trained owner. 

In 2017, Phil retired from the day to day responsibilities and after training the new team, handed over the care of the kennel. He will always be a part of von Waldberg and we are proud to carry on his legacy.

In his spare time, Phil is a Pastor who is enjoying retirement with his family. His compassion for people and dogs alike is what von Waldberg is built on.